“Uno gusto per favore”
Gelato. Need we say more? The highlight for us of any trip to Italy would have to be the gelato. So for our weekend in Verona we’d set ourselves the modest challenge of sampling at least one scoop of gelato at each and every gelateria we passed. With multiple gelaterias on almost every street corner and many more lining the streets in between, it seemed we set had set ourselves an impossible task. Although we fell dismally short of our target, we did manage to stop in at a number of Verona’s best gelaterias. What we failed to acheive in quantity we more than made up for in quality. Here are each of our top 3 picks.
1. L’Arte Del Gelato
Topping my list is L’Arte Del Gelato, a small but modernly styled gelateria specialising in artisinal organic products and seasonal fresh flavours. With a range of tempting gelato flavours on offer, I was immediately drawn to the banana. Natural and creamy, it tasted just like real banana – no artifical flavouring here. This gelato was sensational. A great find, L’Arte Del Gelato is a must-visit for any gelato lover.
2. Pistacchio 2
The blueberry gelato at Pistaccio 2 was a revelation. This was my first ever sample of blueberry flavored ice cream, and I couldn’t help but wonder why it had taken me so long to discover it. Dark and fruity, the gelato delivered an intense blueberry flavour hit that was delightfully refreshing. The perfect treat for a sunny Verona afternoon.
3. La Stagione Del Gelato
As I reached over the counter for my cone of pistachio gelato, my heart sank at the sight of a fresh batch of ricotta and fig making its way to the display counter. I’d chosen the pistachio for its natural brown colour which is surprisingly rarer than the artificial-looking green variety, and usually a sign of of an authentic pistachio flavour. I was rewarded with a deliciously nutty and creamy scoop. Despite this near-perfection, I couldn’t get the riccotta e fichi out of my mind. Having subsequently failed to locate this flavour at any of the other gelaterias we visited, my feet somehow found their way back to this small gelato shop in a nondescript side street just in time for one of the last remaining scoops. The hunt was over – and was so worth the wait.
1. Gelateria Ballini
Considered by many to be the best gelato in Verona, Gelateria Ballini lives up to the hype. The white wine and chocolate chip was surprising and original, and the white chocolate with pistachio left me wanting more. So back inside I went for a double hit of coffee and chocolate fondant. Well worth the detour to reach this out-of-the-way Verona institution.
2. Gelateria Ponte Pietra
Featured in a number of travel guides, Gelateria Ponte Pietra had the longest queue of any of the gelaterias we visited in Verona. The gelato is made on the premises and features simple, traditional flavours. It was the perfect place to sample amaretti, inspired by the almond-based Italian macaron.
3. Pretto Gelato Arte Italiana
Nearby to the Arena Di Verona, this Pretto forms part of a chain with two stores in Verona and others dotted around other parts of Italy. The lemon and mandarin were packed with fruity flavour, and the pistachio had the browny-green color I was after, with real pistachio pieces that gave it great texture. Limited edition flavors created by Michelin star chefs often feature on the Pretto menu too.
Via Leoni 3, 37121 Verona
Via Roma, 18, 37121 Verona
La Stagione Del Gelato
Via Guglielmo Oberdan 4/A, 37121 Verona
Via Santa Maria Rocca Maggiore, 4, 37129 Verona
Gelateria Ponte Pietra
Via Ponte Pietra, 23, 37121 Verona
Pretto Gelato Arte Italiana
Corso Porto Nuovo 2, 37121 Verona